The show car, which will be displayed as a full scale model at the upcoming LA Auto Show (Nov. 21-30), marks the comeback of the Chaparral brand, that between 1960 and 1980 built highly successful racing cars with cutting edge technology and aerodynamics.
As with the other virtual concept cars in the Gran Turismo series, it will be possible to download the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo during the holiday season as a part of the Vision Gran Turismo cars in GT6.
The car was designed by the GM Advanced Design Studio, and the founder of Chaparral Jim Hall himself was involved in the design.
“It will serve as an example of what our designers are capable of when they are cut loose, no holds-barred. A fantasy car in every sense of the word,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, global product development.
The full details will be unveiled in a few days.
Chaparral was established by racer and engineer Jim Hall and F1 Driver Hap Sharp in 1962 and until 1980 it created influential racing cars called the 2 series, including the “2”, ”2C”, “2D”, “2F” and more, which shook up established racing series in the United States and in Europe.
The number of new technologies that Chaparral brought to racing are numerous, including semi-monocoque chassis using FRP, automatic transmission with torque converter, giant hydraulically operated rear wings, wing-shaped bodies, fan cars that draw out air from the underfloor and more. To Chaparral, the circuit was a giant test lab for pursuing speed.
(Source: Gran Turismo)